In a major fire tragedy that engulfed Dal Bazaar of in Old City area of Ludhiana at around 10 pm on Friday, the fire department struggled to control the flames as fire tenders failed to enter the narrow streets.
Struggling to douse fire that gutted various shops in the market, firemen were still working on the spot tilll the time of reporting, even after 18 hours of the incident. Without safety masks, the firemen have been working since Friday night at spot till filing of this report. There was extreme difficulty in breathing due to dense smoke and heat.
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Speaking to Indian Express, Bhupinder Singh, assistant divisional fire officer said, “95% of fire has been controlled but at one of the buildings- Buddhiraja Textiles- it is taking time for water to reach there under the ruble since a portion of the building has collapsed. It has been more than 18 hours but work is almost finished now.”
Major damage was caused to SR Budhiraja Hosiery, Budhiraja Textiles and Happy Khurana garments which were completely gutted in fire but luckily no casualties were reported.
The fire started from SR Budhiraja Hosiery and spread to adjoining buildings. Almost 18 fire tenders were rushed to spot and sources said they had to fill their tanks numerous times in order to extingusih the fire.
President of Dal Bazar Merchants Association, Suresh Dhir said that the fire tenders reached in time but the fire remained uncontrolled.
The fire tenders were parked in Chaura Bazar and extension pipes were installed to reach the spot inside the narrow lanes. The distance of tenders from fire also lowered the pressure of water causing further delay. Later more vehicles were called in from Jalandhar, Khanna, Mandi Gobindgarh and Samrala.
Additional deputy commissioner Supreet Singh Ghulati, SDM KS Mahi and other officials also reached the spot. Owners of the gutted shops, which were majorly garment shops, said that they suffered losses worth crores.
The exact reason that started the was yet to be known but firemen suspected that short circuit could’ve been the cause.